Skip to content

How to Get the Most Out of Your Cold Weather Workout

April 08, 2020 2 min read

How to Get the Most Out of Your Cold Weather Workout

How to Get the Most Out of Your Cold Weather Workout

Colder weather and brisk mornings don’t have to keep you inside. When the leaves start to fall, you can keep up your outdoor running, cycling or hiking routine - you just might have to make a few simple adjustments. Here are our tips for staying on top of your workouts when the temperatures drop.


Man running across a bridge with a scenic backdrop of mountains.

Reflect Yourself

Shorter days and darker mornings/evenings might mean your regular workout time is looking a little dimmer than usual. While your morning run can definitely still go on when it’s a little darker out, remember to stay visible to vehicles, bikes and other trail users. Stay safe with bright colored gear and reflective items that announce your presence. Attach lights to your bike and don’t forget to pack your headlamp if you head out while the sun is going down. Sorry, your all-black ensemble is going to have to wait until the brighter days return. Your socks can help with this, aim for a brighter color like some of theASPIRE Four options.

Fuel Up For Warmth

Not only should your outfit adjust in the fall, your fuel should, too. Dropping temperatures can make you hungrier in order to keep your body warm. You’ll want to bump up your pre-workout fuel and calories a little when heading out into colder weather. If you don’t already refuel during your workout, make sure to pack something to snack on when you head out for emergency fueling. Warm up after your workout with a warm carbohydrate recovery meal, like oatmeal, soup or pasta. And don’t forget to stay hydrated!

Watch Your Footing

Fall weather presents a new set of slipping risks when you’re running or cycling outside. Keep your eyes peeled for dangerous scenarios, like icy conditions in shady areas or loose leaves or needles causing slip risks on the trail. Your safety matters more than your split times, so slow down when the environment calls for it.

Take Care Of Your Extremities

You already know the importance of layering, but don’t forget about those fingers when the temperatures drop. Opt for some light gloves to protect your hands from the breeze or pop some hand warmers in your pockets for quick re-heating. Your feet matter, too; in summer you can have sweaty feet and get away with it, but when it starts to get chilly your sweaty socks are going to haunt you. Choose moisture-wicking fabrics to prevent those dreaded frozen toes: tryPURSUIT for the benefits of natural Merino wool to help keep you warm and dry.

Ground view of man jumping in the air in a mid-run position.

Stretch Your Stretching Time

In the summer heat, you might be able to get away with a quick warm up before hitting the trail. When it’s cooler outside, your muscles and tendons need a little more help to get ready for sprints and hill climbs. Lengthen your warm up time when the temperatures drop to keep your body injury free and your workout session running smoothly.

With a few gear and lifestyle adjustments, you can stay safe and injury free when transitioning your workouts into colder weather. What are you waiting for?

Shot from behind of a man running down a trail with knee high socks on.




Also in The Adventurer

How To Keep Your Feet Happy While Trail Running
How To Keep Your Feet Happy While Trail Running

January 17, 2022 2 min read

The demands of trail running are as unique as the terrain you choose to run on, so the socks you wear need enough support, cushion, and protection to adapt and work with you. What exactly makes a sock perfect for the trails?
10 Mantras for When You Hit the Wall
10 Mantras for When You Hit the Wall

January 17, 2022 2 min read

When you’re pushing yourself to the limit, sometimes you hit the point when you want to quit. Many athletes use mantras to keep themselves going when the going gets tough.

These Cushioned Running Socks Will Add A Pep To Your Step
These Cushioned Running Socks Will Add A Pep To Your Step

January 05, 2022 1 min read

Start the new year off on the right foot by choosing gear that empowers you to chase your goals. There are countless options for running socks on the market, and narrowing down your choices can feel overwhelming. If you’re in need of new running socks and not sure where to start, we suggest starting with MAXUS.